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1. Getting my Engagement Ring Appraised
2. What is an Independent Jewelry Appraisal
3. Differences between an Appraisal and a &http://www.weddingsolutions.com/145;Lab Certificate&http://www.weddingsolutions.com/146;
4. Hiring a Professional Appraiser
5. Insuring my Jewelry
6. 10 Key Things to Remember

How do I hire a professional independent jewelry appraiser?

As a professional jewelry appraiser who does not buy or sell the jewelry being appraised and whose business is focused exclusively on independent jewelry appraisals attests that their jewelry appraisals are unbiased. It is important to hire a professional independent jewelry appraiser who is accredited. Many jewelry appraisal organizations offer credentials that the professional independent jewelry appraiser may use after their name. So, in addition to the GIA gemologist graduate (GG) title you may see other initials that appear.

Ask for professional affiliations and credentials. Make sure you study a professional independent jewelry appraiser's résumé and credentials. Every reputable accredited jewelry appraiser will provide this information and you shouldn't hire an appraiser who doesn't readily provide it. Under current laws, there are no required licenses for jewelry appraisers. Because of that, you have to do the homework yourself to make sure you are hiring a qualified professional independent jewelry appraiser. Don't use a jewelry appraiser who offers to buy the item, sell you alternative item or charges a percentage of the item's value. This is unethical. A jewelry appraiser can't give an unbiased opinion of value if he or she has a monetary interest in the worth of the jewelry.

Professional jewelry appraiser's credentials and jewelry appraisal qualifications

Choose a professional jewelry appraiser who is a credentialed member of a nationally recognized jewelry appraisal organization, such as the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), International Society of Appraisers ISA, and American Gem Society AGS, as well as a Graduate Gemologist (GG) of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

MGA-Master Gemologist Appraiser is offered through the American Society of Appraisers. Requirements include years of experience, gemological degree, comprehensive examination, and background evaluation. The American Society of Appraisers is the oldest organization in the country, and its testing the most rigorous.
CAPP-Certified Appraiser of Personal Property is offered through the International Society of Appraisers. Requirements include years of experience, gemological degree, comprehensive examination, and background evaluation.
ICGA- (Independent Certified Gemologist Appraiser) offered through the American Gem Society. Requirements include years of experience, gemological degree, comprehensive examination, eye exams, background evaluations, annual training and re-qualification.
NGJA-National Gem and Jewelry Appraiser is offered through the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. Requirements include years of experience, gemological degree, and background evaluation.

Every one of these organizations requires the following of Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP); which is the generally accepted standards for all professional appraisal practices in North America. USPAP contains standards and the code of ethics for all types of appraisal services. Ask about the professional jewelry appraiser's credentials and make sure they are still active. All of these societies have online lookup systems for their members.
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